Trump and NRA to Discuss Gun Ban for Terror Suspects
Donald Trump will discuss with the National Rifle Association a proposal to ban anyone on the terrorist watch list and no-fly list from obtaining a gun.
The presumptive Republican nominee made the announcement on Twitter just days after the terror attack in Orlando, Fla., that killed 49 and injured 53.
“I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2016
The NRA, though, has been clear on its stance around gun bans.
The gun lobby group tweeted on Tuesday, “Restrictions like bans on gun purchases by people on “watch lists” are ineffective, unconstitutional, or both.”
Restrictions like bans on gun purchases by people on “watch lists” are ineffective, unconstitutional, or both https://t.co/MQfbYnTDAE
— NRA (@NRA) June 14, 2016
Trump supported similar gun control measures following the November Paris attacks that killed 130 people, although proposals by both the Democrats and Republicans were rejected in the Senate.
Recent proposals have met resistance from the NRA, whose chief lobbyist and principal political strategist for the NRA, Chris Cox, wrote an op-ed for USA Today on June 14, condemning calls by Democrats to increase gun control measures.
“In the aftermath of this terrorist attack, President Obama and Hillary Clinton renewed calls for more gun control, including a ban on whole categories of semi-automatic firearms. They are desperate to create the illusion that they’re doing something to protect us because their policies can’t and won’t keep us safe,” Cox wrote.
Last month, the NRA endorsed Donald Trump at the organization’s leadership forum in Louisville, Ken. Cox introduced Trump, urging republicans to unite behind the presumptive nominee.
“On behalf of the thousands of patriots in this room and the 5 million NRA members across this country and the tens of millions who support us, I’m officially announcing the NRA’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president,” Cox said. “Now is the time to unite. If your preferred candidate got out of the race, it’s time to get over it.”